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£560m cash for greener council transport

£560m is coming into the pockets of Local Councils. The funds are being given to aid in green transport projects. These projects are part of the new government plans to reduce transportation gases without cutting into the economic growth.

A new protocol was announced giving details of the method for councils to enter bids to receive a portion of the Local Sustainable Transport Fund. It will support them in establishing bike schemes, car clubs, and other plans for expanding the use of public transport and generate new jobs.

The paper, “Creating Growth, Cutting Carbon”, explained, “Transportation plans that are smaller than usual, if followed through from adequate forethought and carried through carefully, have a higher potential to yield money, propagating growth and lowering local emissions of carbon, while improving public health and lowering the numbers of accidents on the road.”

The promise to cooperate with the transport industry was made by the government, in order to expand the smart ticketing system. It will make it a reality to conduct local journeys with a single technology. It will be implemented within 3 years.

Norman Baker, Local and Regional Transport Minister, said that the economic growth and carbon emission reduction can only be realized by the government as it turns to developing better transport systems.

“Local sustainable transport yields results toward both targets very quickly, which justifies focusing on it for spending even in this financial crisis. £560m is being dedicated to moving it in the right direction,” he said. “We know green is not the right colour for cake, but I think you’ll understand when we say that you can have your green cake and you can eat it too. Properly invested money will from the local transport draw out fruit for the economy and the environmental reduction of carbon emissions. This is the best situation for both local people and the nation.”


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